Serena Destroys Pennetta, Venus Edges Date-Krumm in Miami

Serena Williams with Noah Makarome, aged 13 from Wesley Chapel, Dylan O'Brien, aged 12 from Altamonte Springs, Morgan Cooley, aged 14 from Boca Raton and Ashley Kratzer, aged 13 from Juno Beach. Photo by Robin Fenlon

Serena Williams with Noah Makarome, aged 13 from Wesley Chapel, Dylan O’Brien, aged 12 from Altamonte Springs, Morgan Cooley, aged 14 from Boca Raton and Ashley Kratzer, aged 13 from Juno Beach. Photo by Robin Fenlon

(March 21, 2013) Playing her first tournament since reaching world No. 1 again, Serena Williams demolished Italy’s Flavia Pennetta 6-1, 6-1 on Thursday in the second round of the Sony Open in Key Biscayne, Florida.


“I don’t think it was too much rust,” Williams said of her tennis. “I think I missed a few shots, but only because I was off footwork-wise. It’s always just good to win a match and stay in the tournament and keep going.”


“It was a little frustration because I felt like I should be putting the balls away for my opponent quick, but she was so quick and she was running every ball down,” Williams added.  I was trying to get myself more pumped up and more energy because I was playing a former ‑‑ I believe she was in the top 10 at one point.”


Should Williams win the tournament, she would break the tournament record of five titles, a record she shares with Steffi Graf.


“That would be really cool,” Williams said.  “I have a lot of matches to play.  If I can just stay relaxed ‑‑ I really feel like I can do it, but, you know, I’m sometimes my own worst enemy.  I just want to get through every match one at a time.”


American Sloane Stephens, who defeated an injured Serena Williams to make the Australian Open semifinals in January, recovered from a first set bagel to beat Olga Govortsova of Belarus 0-6, 6-4, 6-4.


“I wasn’t playing that great,” Stephens said of the first set. “I mean, it’s not that I wasn’t playing great.  I was asleep out there.  I definitely just needed to wake up and start playing.
“I thought I played some good points even in the first set when I was, like, not there.  But definitely tough.  A lot of just battling and just hanging in there.”


“I was just happy to get through in the end.”


“I think after I won a game in the second set I was much better and I thought, I’m just going to go ahead and play,” added Stephens.
“She played actually really well.  It wasn’t all just me, but she was playing some good tennis.
So it was tough in that case, too.  But just, you know, once I got a game, I was like, Okay, now I can play.


Stephens will be taking on Venus Williams in the third round.  In a clash of veterans, 32-year-old Venus Williams defeated 42-year-old Kimko Date-Krumm in a very tight contest 7-6(3), 3-6, 6-4  which lasted more than two-and-a-half hours in the evening session.  Venus Williams needed 7 match points to close the match. The match was so close that Venus Williams won just two pints more than her opponent – 106-104.

“The toughest part is when you reach the finish line and you’re not able to get across,” Venus Williams said after the match. “Really it’s credit to her as she really hit amazing shots. I was pretty determined out there and one (match point) had to come through if I kept putting myself in that position.”


Defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland took out Taiwan’s Su-Wei Hsieh 6-3, 6-2 in the second round.


“Just very happy to have a quick match,” Radwanska said. “The first match is always a little bit tough and tricky.”


“I was really trying to focus on my serve especially.  You know, against the wind it’s a little bit difficult.  Really tried to stay close to the baseline to be strong, as well.
“And I think that was the key.”

Tenth seed Marion Bartoli was forced to retire from her match with Andrea Petkovic with a left foot injury.

On the men’s side,  Bernard Tomic  earned second round meeting with second seed Andy Murray after beating qualifier Marc Gicquel 7-5, 7-6(3) on Thursday afternoon. Jarkko Nieminen came back to beat David Nalbandian 2-6, 6-4, 6-3.


Other winners on the day included Viktor Troicki, Yen-Hsun Lu, Santiago Giraldo,.Alejandro Falla, Daniel Gimeno-Traver, Olivier Rochus and Guillaume Rufin.

More to follow…


Results so far for Thursday, March 21, 2013


WTA Singles – Second Round
[1] S Williams (USA) d. F Pennetta (ITA) 61 61
[4] A Radwanska (POL) d. S Hsieh (TPE) 63 62
[5] N Li (CHN) d. K Bertens (NED) 63 61
[7] P Kvitova (CZE) d. S Peng (CHN) 57 62 62
[9] C Wozniacki (DEN) d. [Q] K Pliskova (CZE) 57 63 63
[WC] A Petkovic (GER) d. [10] M Bartoli (FRA) 63 41 ret. (left foot)
[13] D Cibulkova (SVK) d. K Mladenovic (FRA) 62 63
[16] S Stephens (USA) d. O Govortsova (BLR) 06 64 64
R Oprandi (SUI) d. [17] L Safarova (CZE) 76(4) 46 76(5)
[19] V Williams (USA) d. K Date-Krumm (JPN) 76(3) 36 64
[WC] G Muguruza (ESP) d. [23] A Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 46 62 62
[WC] A Tomljanovic (CRO) d. [24] J Goerges (GER) 76(4) 62
[25] V Lepchenko (USA) d. I Begu (ROU) 63 64
M Rybarikova (SVK) d. [27] M Barthel (GER) 63 76(5)
[30] K Flipkens (BEL) d. [Q] S Voegele (SUI) 64 62
A Morita (JPN) d. [31] Y Wickmayer (BEL) 76(2) 26 63

ATP Singles – First Round
B Tomic (AUS) d. [Q] M Gicquel (FRA) 75 76(3)
J Nieminen (FIN) d. D Nalbandian (ARG) 26 64 63
T Bellucci (BRA) d.*[LL] D Brands (GER) 26 64 62
Y Lu (TPE) d. [Q] R Ginepri (USA) 63 61
S Bolelli (ITA) d. J Levine (CAN) 46 63 76(4)
D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) d. D Istomin (UZB) 62 64
S Giraldo (COL) d. [WC] R Williams (USA) 62 64
V Troicki (SRB) d. P Andujar (ESP) 62 63
[Q] G Rufin (FRA) d. [Q] M Copil (ROU) 64 46 61
L Kubot (POL) d. [Q] F Dancevic (CAN) 46 64 63
[WC] G Pella (ARG) d. C Berlocq (ARG) 21 ret. (left knee)
[Q] O Rochus (BEL) d. T Ito (JPN) 46 64 31 ret. (cramping)
D Goffin (BEL) d. R Haase (NED) 76(4) 36 61
I Dodig (CRO) d. L Lacko (SVK) 46 60 64
A Bedene (SLO) d. B Becker (GER) 64 63
A Falla (COL) d. G Soeda (JPN) 75 61
WTA Doubles – First Round
[WC] L Raymond (USA) / L Robson (GBR) d. [6] R Kops-Jones (USA) / A Spears (USA) 75 62
[8] J Goerges (GER) / Y Shvedova (KAZ) d. D Jurak (CRO) / K Marosi (HUN) 26 75 10-8
D Hantuchova (SVK) / A Medina Garrigues (ESP) d. [WC] M Keys (USA) / A Tomljanovic (CRO) 62 63
A Groenefeld (GER) / P Martic (CRO) d. V King (USA) / M Niculescu (ROU) 26 62 11-9
T Babos (HUN) / M Minella (LUX) d. L Dekmeijere (LAT) / O Govortsova (BLR) 62 62
S Hsieh (TPE) / S Peng (CHN) d. M Lucic-Baroni (CRO) / J Zheng (CHN) 16 62 10-6

ATP Doubles – First Round
[5] A Qureshi (PAK) / J Rojer (NED) d. J Janowicz (POL) / F Mayer (GER) 46 64 10-6
[7] M Llodra (FRA) / L Paes (IND) d. C Kas (GER) / P Kohlschreiber (GER) 63 75
N Almagro (ESP) / O Marach (AUT) d. J Cabal (COL) / S Gonzalez (MEX) 63 64
T Huey (PHI) / D Inglot (GBR) d. J Isner (USA) / S Querrey (USA) 64 63

STADIUM start 11:00 am
[WC] M Keys (USA) vs [2] V Azarenka (BLR) – WTA
[3] D Ferrer (ESP) vs [Q] D Tursunov (RUS) – ATP

Not Before 3:00 PM
T Kamke (GER) vs [5] J Del Potro (ARG) – ATP

Not Before 5:00 PM
[WC] E Bouchard (CAN) vs [3] M Sharapova (RUS) – WTA

Starting at 8:00 PM
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) vs L Rosol (CZE) – ATP
[8] S Errani (ITA) vs D Hantuchova (SVK) – WTA

GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am
[18] E Makarova (RUS) vs S Kuznetsova (RUS) – WTA
[WC] J Blake (USA) vs [24] J Benneteau (FRA) – ATP
[19] A Dolgopolov (UKR) vs N Davydenko (RUS) – ATP
[11] G Simon (FRA) vs [WC] L Hewitt (AUS) – ATP

Not Before 5:00 PM
[22] J Jankovic (SRB) vs [WC] V Duval (USA) – WTA

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
I Sijsling (NED) vs [15] T Haas (GER) – ATP
[6] A Kerber (GER) vs F Schiavone (ITA) – WTA
[14] M Kirilenko (RUS) vs [Q] B Mattek-Sands (USA) – WTA
U Radwanska (POL) vs [12] A Ivanovic (SRB) – WTA

Not Before 6:00 PM
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs M Mirnyi (BLR) / M Youzhny (RUS) – ATP

COURT 2 start 11:00 am
[15] R Vinci (ITA) vs C Mchale (USA) – WTA
[12] J Monaco (ARG) vs A Ramos (ESP) – ATP
[Q] D Sela (ISR) vs [7] J Tipsarevic (SRB) – ATP
[6] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA) vs D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) – ATP

Not Before 5:00 PM
S Devvarman (IND) vs [30] F Lopez (ESP) – ATP

COURT 3 start 11:00 am
J Hampton (USA) vs [20] C Suarez Navarro (ESP) – WTA
M Llodra (FRA) vs [32] F Fognini (ITA) – ATP
[32] A Cornet (FRA) vs L Robson (GBR) – WTA
[26] K Anderson (RSA) vs H Zeballos (ARG) – ATP

COURT 6 start 11:00 am
V Hanescu (ROU) vs [13] K Nishikori (JPN) – ATP
A Medina Garrigues (ESP) vs [21] K Zakopalova (CZE) – WTA
J Zheng (CHN) vs [11] N Petrova (RUS) – WTA
[4] E Makarova (RUS) / E Vesnina (RUS) vs N Grandin (RSA) / V Uhlirova (CZE) – WTA

COURT 7 start 11:00 am
[22] J Chardy (FRA) vs X Malisse (BEL) – ATP
[31] M Granollers (ESP) vs J Melzer (AUT) – ATP
S Halep (ROU) vs [26] T Paszek (AUT) – WTA
[WC] S Kuznetsova (RUS) / F Pennetta (ITA) vs [2] A Hlavackova (CZE) / L Hradecka (CZE) – WTA

Not Before 4:00 PM
[WC] C Harrison (USA) / R Harrison (USA) vs G Dimitrov (BUL) / F Nielsen (DEN) – ATP

COURT 8 start 11:00 am
[29] E Vesnina (RUS) vs [Q] D Vekic (CRO) – WTA
G Zemlja (SLO) vs [23] F Mayer (GER) – ATP
[Q] S Soler-Espinosa (ESP) vs [28] S Cirstea (ROU) – WTA
A Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) / L Safarova (CZE) vs [WC] G Muguruza (ESP) / F Schiavone (ITA) – WTA

COURT 9 start 11:00 am
M Cilic (CRO) / L Dlouhy (CZE) vs D Bracciali (ITA) / J Knowle (AUT) – ATP
R Gasquet (FRA) / E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) vs [3] M Bhupathi (IND) / D Nestor (CAN) – ATP
[4] R Lindstedt (SWE) / N Zimonjic (SRB) vs M Klizan (SVK) / A Seppi (ITA) – ATP
I Begu (ROU) / A Rosolska (POL) vs M Erakovic (NZL) / H Watson (GBR) – WTA
[5] L Huber (USA) / M Martinez Sanchez (ESP) vs K Mladenovic (FRA) / G Voskoboeva (KAZ) – WTA